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I know this is a bit older but I didn't get the link until today (saw the story but lost the link). But imagine this happening to you. Your birth certificate states you are a different sex than the one you are. How would you react? Would you fight tooth and nail to get it fixed? Or just say oh well, it is just sex, it doesn't matter?

http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2012/02/08/ex-marine-dan-hassan-suing-over-botched-birth-certificate-indicating-hes-female/

Ex-Marine David Hassan Suing Over Botched Birth Certificate Indicating He’s Female

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Ex-Marine David Hassan served the country in Iraq, but can’t get a passport or other legal documents.

The reason? According to New York City’s records, he is a woman.

“I’ve been male my whole life,” Hassan told CBS 2′s Sean Hennessey on Wednesday night.

But his birth certificate, with a faded gender box, apparently has never indicated that.  It is something Hassan didn’t realize until he lost his wallet while on leave from duty in Iraq.

When Hassan applied for a replacement birth certificate to help with a new license, the city told him the birth certificate said he was female. So, Hassan applied for a corrected birth certificate.

“But they said they couldn’t correct the gender on my birth certificate without a letter from the hospital where I was born saying it was the hospital’s fault,” he said.

That hospital, Lenox Hill, issued a letter saying only that the certificate “.. has gender listed as female and this is incorrect.” However, Hassan said they won’t issue a letter saying it was their fault.

Twenty nine years later, it’s tough to know whose fault it is.

“The hospital either put the wrong gender on that piece of paper, or the city put the wrong gender on the birth certificate,” Hassan said.

Caught in a legal limbo, and unable to get a license, car title or passport, the former Arabic translator is returning fire with a lawsuit filed by his lawyer.

“Nobody wants to step up and say ‘oops we made a mistake,’ whether it’s the city or the hospital,” attorney Peter Madison said.

The mistake raises an obvious question: how did Hassan get his first driver’s license or even into the military with a faulty birth certificate?

“I don’t think anyone looked that closely at the gender,” Hassan said. “I don’t care whose fault it is. I want a new birth certificate that has the right gender.”

Lenox Hill Hospital said it’s working to help fix the problem while the city said it’s confident this situation will be resolved.

A court date has been set for the end of the month if a resolution isn’t reached by then.

by on May. 4, 2012 at 2:20 PM
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momtimesx4
by Silver Member on May. 4, 2012 at 4:04 PM

Wait, he would have had to have shown his birth certificate or citizenship viable ID other than a drivers license such as a passport to join the military

gilbertgrl627
by Bronze Member on May. 4, 2012 at 4:27 PM

lol, You know, I'd probably sue, too. If someone just admitted to the mistake....the hospital or the city, I don't care which, I wouldn't. But because no one wants to "man up" (lol) this poor guy can't get a new birth certificate. I wonder if he'd drop the lawsuit is someone just admitted to the mistake...?

TruthSeeker.
by Milami on May. 4, 2012 at 4:37 PM

 WTH? It shouldn't take a lawyer and a lawsuit to get this fixed!

pittawadda
by Bronze Member on May. 4, 2012 at 4:42 PM
Yeah I thought that but it says his original, the gender box was faded.


Quoting momtimesx4:

Wait, he would have had to have shown his birth certificate or citizenship viable ID other than a drivers license such as a passport to join the military


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storkradio193
by Member on May. 4, 2012 at 5:07 PM

The red tape is so frustrating.  I imagine the hospital and state are afraid of being sued or something if they admit the mistake.

http://www.cafemom.com/home/storkradio193

momtimesx4
by Silver Member on May. 4, 2012 at 5:08 PM

Surprised that it worked the first time but not the second

Quoting pittawadda:

Yeah I thought that but it says his original, the gender box was faded.


Quoting momtimesx4:

Wait, he would have had to have shown his birth certificate or citizenship viable ID other than a drivers license such as a passport to join the military



H_Tunisia_Remix
by on May. 4, 2012 at 6:00 PM

 

Quoting momtimesx4:

Surprised that it worked the first time but not the second

Quoting pittawadda:

Yeah I thought that but it says his original, the gender box was faded.


Quoting momtimesx4:

Wait, he would have had to have shown his birth certificate or citizenship viable ID other than a drivers license such as a passport to join the military


 

It didn't work the "second" time because he lost his wallet with the faded birth certificate in it. The new copy was clear. I actually saw my original official birth certificate recently, it was given to me when my mother passed away, and I was surprised the waxy feel of it and the ink was blurry on it even though it was stored away for about 30 years. It is very different from the way birth certificate copies are given today.

I wonder if each state used a similar method...

momtimesx4
by Silver Member on May. 4, 2012 at 6:41 PM

Wait, he kept his drivers license and BC in the same wallet?   Just as dumb as those that keep their social security card in it as well.  The guy better be checking his 6 for identity theft.

Waxy feel to it?  Yeah my original from way back when has a waxey feel to it but I've got more recent copies since then.

Veni.Vidi.Vici.
by on May. 4, 2012 at 7:24 PM

How horrible. I would be so stressed out over this!

purpleducky
by Silver Member on May. 4, 2012 at 7:28 PM
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And this is what many (if not all) transgender individuals go through and feel like when trying to correct their paperwork. That is how I found the article, through the one gender education page on FB that I like.

Quoting Veni.Vidi.Vici.:

How horrible. I would be so stressed out over this!


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